The chemical attack in Idlib changed everything. Trump’s personal position on Syria and Assad has shifted radically, military action is now on the table. And Russia’s actions have been self defeating.
When I grow up — or retire, whichever comes first — I want to get a Ph.D. in linguistics by writing a dissertation on The Role of Body Parts in Russian Expressions. This week I’m all ears.
The survival of the authoritarian Russian regime into the 2020s will depend on whether Putin is able to offer the young people a clear vision of the future. So far there is none.